Sign up today to join our online community, receive email alerts, and make a difference!

Latest ED News

09/02/2016 - 10:13

“Afghanistan faces many challenges, including meeting the emergency food assistance needs of those recently uprooted. WFP works to ensure all Afghans have access to sufficient, nutritious food,” said Cousin.  

“Our team will continue working in partnership with the government, other UN agencies and NGOs, to improve food security and nutrition for millions of Afghan people”.

KABUL – The Executive Director of the World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, wrapped up a four-day visit to Kabul today, declaring the organization’s commitment to continue working for the food and nutrition security of all Afghans. 
08/19/2016 - 12:46

Despite the many dangers that we face, in many places where we and other humanitarians work, our staff remain committed in the line of duty, sometimes at great personal risk, and in the name of those humanitarian principles that we uphold and share.

In WFP we are marking the day across the world with a minute’s reflection, to remember those who lost their lives in the courageous work to deliver food assistance to those in greatest need.

Let us continue to celebrate the ideals, values and motivation that drive our humanitarian will and mission.

Statement from Ertharin Cousin, Executive Director of the UN World Food Programme ROME - Today 19 August is World Humanitarian Day, a day when the world commemorates those who risk their lives to bring humanitarian assistance to vulnerable people in need.
07/15/2016 - 11:01

Some 6.5 million people – nearly 40 percent of Malawi’s population – need emergency food assistance, according to the Malawi Vulnerability Assessment Committee report for 2016/17. This situation will require the largest humanitarian response ever in the country’s history.

LILONGWE – The Executive Director of the United Nations World Food Programme (WFP), Ertharin Cousin, will visit Malawi next week at a time when the country is facing its worst food security crisis in decades. Ms. Cousin is due to arrive in the southern African country on Monday 18 and to stay till Wednesday 20 July. 
03/18/2016 - 16:41

Everywhere in the world that I visit, I ask children what they want to become when they grow up. They’ll usually tell me: I want to be a nurse. A teacher. A pilot. 

But when I asked Aisha, a ten-year-old girl from Cameroon, I received a startling reply. Aisha wants to be a soldier. Why? To fight those who have driven her family from their home. To achieve peace and security which is now just a dream.

01/19/2016 - 18:29

Bishop Mweene had a smile on his face when I met him at his homestead in Sikwale. Shortly before my arrival, it had rained for the first time in weeks. In fact, he was able to tell me just how much because, in his maize field, he has a manual rain gauge, one of four that WFP has installed on farms in the area.

Ertharin Cousin, the Executive Director of the World Food Programme, has just finished a three-day visit to Zambia. After meeting President Edgar Lungu, Vice President Inonge Wina and key ministers, she travelled to the food-producing south which is experiencing the second consecutive season of erratic rain, most recently due to the effects of El Niño. There she met smallholder farmers, private sector entrepreneurs as well as local community partners and government officials who shared their insights about the challenges and opportunities.